English essay

Topics: Rhyme, Poetry, Africa Pages: 5 (1214 words) Published: October 2, 2013

Hello this is Abrar and today we are doing a Commentary on a Poem by George Ela lyon

The poem “Where I’m from” by George Ella Lyon, tell us about the most memorable and personal things in Lyon’s life. She talks about things that were found in her house when she was small, saying’s by her parents and friends, names of dishes that recall of family gatherings, names of places she has lived in or visited and a lot of other things that gives the reader clues about what represents her as a human being.

Poem (Where I’m from)

I am from clothespins, 
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride. 
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening, 
it tasted like beets.) 
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.
I'm from fudge and eyeglasses, 
          from Imogene and Alafair. 
I'm from the know-it-alls
          and the pass-it-ons, 
from Perk up! and Pipe down! 
I'm from He restoreth my soul
          with a cottonball lamb
          and ten verses I can say myself.
I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch, 
fried corn and strong coffee. 
From the finger my grandfather lost 
          to the auger, 
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.
Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures, 
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams. .

This poem inspired me to write my own poem about when I was living in Sudan, which was the biggest country in Africa at that time. Out of all the countries I’ve lived in or visited, I noticed that most of my memories always come from Africa.

My poem:

The heat of Africa

The day was as hot as ten thousands suns in one.
The donkey riders dashed on the grubby streets.
And I started my day with a honey bun.
The desert seemed like an outback of melting custard.
Oh, what a sunny day it was.

The monkeys scattered around building tops.
They swaggered around like roman emperors.
The cactuses shined bright like a diamond,
As the sun’s ray stared them right down to the ground.
The smell of tender meat came running in my nose,
As I gallop down the stairs.
Oh, what a sunny day it was.

“Clean your room!” my mom said in a rigorous voice.
And I found myself running back to my room,
As fast as a horse can trot.
My toys looked like the organized books in a Library.
My clothes were as messy as a pigsty.
Oh, what a sunny day it was.

The blaring sound of the soccer game came right to my ear.
The sounds compelled me to scamper to the park,
As I saw my friends cheer with excitement.
Oh, what a sunny day it was.

How my poem relates to Lyon’s poem?

Although my poem’s structure isn’t the same as Lyon’s poem’s structure, the theme is basically the same. I talked about all the memorable things that I remember from living in Africa and she talked about all the memorable things she remembers from the place she lived in. For example, Lyon states, “I’m from fudge (6)” on her poem and I stated, “I started my day with a honey bun”. This is showing the type of food both Lyon and me remember from the places we lived in. It is something common both of us ate all the time and taste of the “Fudge” and “Honey bun” will stay in our tongues forever.

Intro to my poem

The heat of Africa is about all the memorable things I (Abrar) remember from living in Sudan (Africa). The poem is written by Abrar. I want to tell the reader about all the memorable things I remember from living in Sudan (Africa). I used first person to write the poem because it made the poem sound more personal. I feel like this is a very descriptive poem about my life in Sudan. I used word life “sunny”, “building tops” and “honey bun” to express my feelings about Sudan. These words are very common when I describe my life in Sudan. In additions, I use form/rhyme, language and imagery to express my sentiments.

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